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Add the state Green Party to the list of people who have been offended by Donald Hassig.
Mr. Hassig, the party's own candidate for House of Representatives, said in rather ugly terms what he'd like to see happen to Mexican migrant farmworkers, according to a report by Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio: "I would like to see them get their asses kicked out of here."
“Donald Hassig's statements are disturbing and reprehensible, and have nothing to do with Green Party values. Contrary to Mr. Hassig's statements, the party has long been a champion of immigrant rights and a just immigration policy. With his statements, Mr. Hassig has placed himself outside the Green Party's platform and its values. Hassig petitioned to be on the Green ballot line, but we do not consider him a Green candidate.,” party co-chair Gloria Mattera said in a news release Friday.
Mr. Hassig has found himself on the wrong side of the law, this newspaper and plenty of members of the community, like Massena Town Supervisor Joe Gray, to name just one. Police frequently remove Mr. Hassig from public property for disruptive protests.
Peter LaVenia, a party co-chairman, said that the party was wary of Mr. Hassig all the way back in May because Mr. Hassig is a "loose cannon" and his views don't align with the party's. Mr. Hassig didn't need it to get on the ballot, but he never received the party's official endorsement.
"Everything we heard about him, we hoped he wasn't going to do anything this stupid," Mr. LaVenia said. "But he did."
Mr. Hassig got on the ballot because of the incredibly low threshold of signatures he needed after Howie Hawkins' decent showing for the party in the 2010 gubernatorial race.
The actual candidates in the race — the ones not running on a lark — are Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, and Republican Matt Doheny. The election is Nov. 6.


Here's the full release from the Green Party:

(Brooklyn) – The Green Party of NY State denounced Donald Hassig, GP Congressional candidate in District 21, for his comments regarding immigration and farm workers at a forum in Wanakena, NY on Thursday night. Green Party officers said Hassig's comments have nothing to do with the Green platform or the 4 Pillars of the international Green movement: Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, and Nonviolence.

“Donald Hassig's statements are disturbing and reprehensible, and have nothing to do with Green Party values. Contrary to Mr. Hassig's statements, the party has long been a champion of immigrant rights and a just immigration policy. With his statements, Mr. Hassig has placed himself outside the Green Party's platform and its values. Hassig petitioned to be on the Green ballot line, but we do not consider him a Green candidate.,” said party co-chair Gloria Mattera.

“The Green Party has long supported the rights of migrant farm workers, including fights to help them win increased wages, union rights, and citizenship. We want to build a New York that welcomes diversity and tolerance, and the first step towards that is protecting and helping the most disadvantaged, especially immigrant workers, from persecution and abuse. We stand by those values, and not the hateful words preached by candidate Hassig,” said party secretary Peter LaVenia.

“We need a Green New Deal, not the persecution of migrant workers, to address unemployment in New York and across the country. Don Hassig's views are completely against the principles of Green Politics and the Green Party of New York State. We call on Greens to condemn the suggestion of violence against migrant workers and instead work in solidarity to confront the global trade policies that induce so many to travel far from their families under dangerous circumstances for such precarious employment,” said party co-chair Michael O'Neil.

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